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SPECIAL ALERT: Be on the Lookout for Nighttime Prowlers

The City of Burnsville sent out a special warning to residents after a rash of nighttime burglaries that occurred while residents were at home, asleep.

Monday afternoon, the Burnsville Police Department issued a special alert ot residents in norhteast Burnsville: Burglars are on the loose, so lock your doors at night.

Over the last month, the department has responded to three burglary calls in that portion of Burnsville. In each case, residents were at home, sleeping, when the burglars broke in. In each instance, the suspect or suspects came in through an unlocked patio door.

The Burnsville Police Department remind residents to take reasonable precautions when turning in for the night:

• Always keep all doors and windows locked, particularly those on ground level. Check to make sure doors are locked before going to sleep.
• Keep garage doors closed.
• Strongly consider closing the blinds or drapes, so as to conceal any tempting targets from thieves.
• Don't leave garage door openers inside vehicles if they're parked outdoors.
• if you see any suspicious activity, don't wait to call 911.

Mr. M August 07, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Good reason to to have dogs and guns. I live in Northeast Burnsville, if they come to my house they will probably need to be carried out.
Mr. M August 07, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Regarding my comment about dogs and guns, I have both, I might start leaving my patio door unlocked at night.
Wade Haynes August 07, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Or . . . maybe just lock your patio doors. That makes more sense to me. There are gun ranges for target practice and dog parks for canine hijinks.
Joshua August 07, 2012 at 07:42 PM
Ah yes, the suburban vigilante. Then you won't mind paying the tax payers back the money you wasted on the police investigation and coroner's office.
Mr. M August 07, 2012 at 07:58 PM
so Joshua, you do not believe someone should have the right to defend their home, family, etc.? What investigation could there be if someone was inside my house and I shot them? Mr. Haynes, if an intruder was in my house, the dogs would get them before I could, and, I always lock my doors, I cannot believe that some people don't. I do go to the gun range for target practice, but, like in my reply to Joshua, we have the right to defend our home, family etc., don't we. What would Joshus and Mr. Haynes do if their home was broken into?
Joshua August 07, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Of course I believe in the right to defend your home. But you said: "...I might start leaving my patio door unlocked at night." As in, a taunt or invitation of an unnecessary confrontation with a prowler. If you really want to defend your home, then lock your doors and windows.
Mr. M August 07, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Even though you should be able to, nobody should be dumb enough to leave doors and windows unlocked. I lock my doors and my house in Minneapolis was robbed, this is the main reason why I moved to Burnsville; to get away from the city. Minneapolis Police told me I had every right to shoot him. Everyone should go to gun safety and everyone qualified should get training and obtain a concealed carry license, I did. I don't ever want to shoot someone, but if they give you no other choice, what are you going to do?
Wade Haynes August 07, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Mr. M. I'm sure you have plenty of shiny objects worth another person's life, so fire away.
Mr. M August 08, 2012 at 10:44 AM
Thank you for the insult; show how really clever you are. First of all, if the person valued their life, they would not be stealing my "shiny objects", secondly, what would you do if you woke up in the middle of the night and found someone in your house? Maybe they were there to get a bite to eat? -I would immediately think that they were there to harm me or my family. You really wouldn't know why they were there, you would just want them gone, preferrably they would run away, but, like I have asked before, what if they gave you no choice and you were put in the position of having to defend yourself? Think of it this way, if that person never entered your house, you would not have to make this decision, wether your doors were locked or not, the person is breaking the law and when a person breaks the law, they give up some (not all) of their rights.
Wade Haynes August 08, 2012 at 02:36 PM
The right to due process, for instance. The article is about break-ins and burglaries, not assault and bodily harm. I guess it's nice to see people are still letting their imaginations run wild these days, but even action heroes like yourself should lock their doors.
Joshua August 08, 2012 at 02:59 PM
It's unfortunate that your house in Minneapolis was broken into. Truthfully, I've become a little disappointed in the crime occurring here in Bursnville. Like you said, you moved here to get away from it. I agree that all gun owners should take a firearm safety class, or at least familiarize themselves at a shooting range for experience and practice. However, you don't need a conceal/carry license to protect yourself in your own home. According to the police report though, these breakins here in Burnsville are from people "cherry picking" homes that aren't secured. Simple things like locking doors and windows, as well as installing motion sensing lights on your porches can make the difference of scaring off a prowler to go find an easier target.
Mr. M August 08, 2012 at 05:10 PM
not claiming to be a super hero. Glad to see that you think criminals have rights. With thinking the way you do, you will end up being a victim some day. -no more responses to your comments will be sent.
Mr. M August 08, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Joshua, I see that you understand, I am not trying to be a super hero, or extreme, I just believe that we have the right to protect ourselves. I keep my doors locked, I just got a little carried away with soome of my comments because this is something that really bothers me. -I know what I would do if faced with this situation (someone in my house, whether they entered thru an unlocked door or broke in), but I don't think Wade knows what he would do.
MBA August 09, 2012 at 04:53 AM
I'm totally on the side of Mr. M! You people are exercising a typical liberal approach when reacting to his initial post. You are why the weak are getting stronger in our country. Mr. M, I want you to know there are people like you still left in this world. There's an old saying, "Some men run their house and some men run around their house." It's obvious the real men are disappearing quickly. You wimps are the same type of people leaving your doors unlocked in the first place, helping to create this story you are commenting on. The type of mentality that says, "let it be, no big deal." Mr. M, keep up the good work and don't let these losers get to you. They will be the ones coming out to defend themselves with a golf club against a burglar with a gun. That's what you get! I can't wait to see the wimpy liberals comment!
Wade Haynes August 09, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Sorry, Mr. M. but you said, and I quote, "when a person breaks the law, they give up some (not all) of their rights." That's what you wrote. My assertion (which is a Constitutional fact, not an opinion) that due process is one of those rights, was merely adding to what you had already said to be true.
David August 09, 2012 at 08:01 AM
Wade you a victim waiting to happen. You can't reason with an armed intruder who knows that he is breaking into an occupied house and may be high on drugs. He does cede the right to breathe under these circumstances.
Wade Haynes August 09, 2012 at 10:31 AM
A victim waiting to happen leaves his patio door unlocked. I do not. Who said anything about reasoning with a burglar? Not me. I think I'd rather stay hidden and out of the way, get out when I could, try not to escalate a burglary into a shootout, and call the cops. Sounds sensible to me. You're suggesting firing in the dark without question. That's imperfect self-defense and it makes you a manslaughter defendant waiting to happen. Get a grip, Dirty Harry.
Wade Haynes August 09, 2012 at 10:36 AM
If the typical liberal approach means being NOT willfully ignorant of the law . . . then I guess I'm guilty as charged, Batman. Nice tights, by the way.
Joshua August 09, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Thanks for the morning chuckle, MBA. I needed that.
David August 09, 2012 at 03:51 PM
They have this new invention called a flashlight that mitigates darkness. I will not retreat.
Clare Kennedy August 09, 2012 at 09:58 PM
This is the editor. I have deleted Mr. M's latest comment for inappropriate language, which violates our terms of service. This thread is also veering into personal attacks. You're welcome to continue what has become a lively discussion about gun rights, but please be civil about it.
Clare Kennedy August 18, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Like I said, Mr. M, Wade Haynes and MBA, cut it out.

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